From Library Journal
Unlike most other such books, these two by Simpson have earned the right to use the term "complete" in their titles. Designed as workbooks, not merely as useful reference works, each contains a foundation course for the beginner, a chapter on themes and styles, and a final section on media and methods. Each is packed with practical training, inspirational interviews with artists, methods for self-criticism, an abundance of well-chosen illustrations, and solid advice for further study. These two books compete in a crowded field with other titles, like Angela Gair's brief Drawing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Techniques (LJ 11/15/96) and Simon Jennings's Art Class: A Complete Guide to Painting (LJ 7/00). None is as comprehensive and reasonably priced as these highly recommended titles.
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